El Salvador: Conventions Tourism Not Exploited

The country has potential to become a destination for regional and international conventions.

Monday, September 7, 2009

This was stated by Julio César Urban, from the International Association of Congresses and Conventions (ICCA), adding that the Government should foster this type of tourism, as it is a big spender.

"A tourist at a convention spends an average $500 a day, and stays for three days. This is considerably more than the average tourist, who spends $90 a day and stays for six days", told Urban to news website Laprensagrafica.com.

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